Butterfield LIFE July + August 2019

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Ron and Alice Talbert

Out & About

Summer at Crystal Bridges

Foundation Board Member Q&A Julie Olsen

Village News

UAMS at BTV Clinic Expands

Celebrating 65 Years

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Paul Haas, Music Director

2019-20 Season at Walton Arts Center 11.9.19 Masterworks I: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto 12.21.19 A Very SoNA Christmas 12.22.19 The Snowman: A Family Concert

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2.1.20 Masterworks II: Carmina Burana 3.21.20 Masterworks III: Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto 5.2.20 Masterworks IV: Pictures at an Exhibition

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Contents 4 From the CEO


6 Feature Profile Ron and Alice Talbert 9 Village Newcomer Q+A Barbara and Doug Pritchard 9 Resident Anniversaries + New Neighbors 10 Village News UAMS at BTV Clinic Expands Services 12 Living Spaces Village Apartment of the Talberts 14 Village Snapshots 16 Out & About Summer of Color at Crystal Bridges


17 Walton Arts Center Jukebox Favorites, British Rock & More 18 Library News 19 Featured Village Events 20 Employee Spotlight Tavon Daniels 21 Foundation Board Member Q&A Julie Olsen 22 Fitness New Tai Chi Techniques


Escape to Margaritaville


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From the CEO Summer in Arkansas is full of surprises. One day it is raining, the next day the humidity is so thick you could cut it with a knife. The nights are full of bright stars and lightning bugs, while the crickets chirp us to sleep. Our Village is truly a great place to experience all four seasons, and the campus is full of growth and beauty this summer.

Quintin Trammell CEO MARKETING Melinda Silva Director of Marketing Leann Pacheco Sales Counselor Dave Marks Move-In Coordinator

Elise Lorene Marketing Coordinator

PROGRAMS Riki Stamps Director of Programs & Events Michael Burks Asst. Director of Programs & Events RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 2019 Council Members John King, President Ron Hanson, Vice President Roy Clinton, Secretary Tim Schatzman, Past President Ellen Compton, Ed Piper, Neely Barnett, Carol Sonnenberg, Charles Sego, Ginger Crippen, Geri Bender, Roy Penney BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jacqui Brandli, President Kim Chapman, Vice President Bill Shackelford, Secretary Howard Higgins, Treasurer Kim Brawner, Larry Hanley, Ann Henry, Sara Koenig, Bernard Madison, Mark McNair, David Williams, Jim Wood, Kyle Jenner, Emeritus

Our BTV gardening staff are outdoing themselves once again, cultivating lush greenery, vegetables, and gorgeous blooms that are bringing fresh color to campus. Don’t forget to enjoy the spoils of our vegetable garden at the BTV Farmers Market each Friday outside of the Dining Room. It’s a great opportunity to pick up a tomato or two and some fresh flowers. This issue of Butterfield LIFE features Ron and Alice Talbert, two wonderfully active members of our Village. The Talberts are hikers, dancers, Razorback fans, travelers, mentors – you name it. It’s no surprise they were part of a group of residents who traveled to France on a Village Tours excursion and celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy beaches. You’ll find some great pictures of the Village Tours trip inside this issue of the magazine. I want to encourage you to read about the expansion of the UAMS at BTV Clinic. Under the direction of Dr. Larry D. Wright, the clinic is expanding its hours and services here at the Village, and positioning itself to become a teaching asset for Internal Medicine residents at UAMS Northwest. This is another great step in the partnership between BTV and UAMS. Be sure to take advantage of the great weather and sunshine while it lasts. And don’t forget to check the monthly Calendar and Highlights on our website for all the latest programs, activities and events. Quintin Trammell Chief Executive Officer

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Opened in 1986, Butterfield Trail Village is a locally governed 501(c)(3) non-profit retirement community. As Northwest Arkansas’ only comprehensive LifeCare Retirement Community, BTV offers active older adults worry-free living that is secure, independent and fulfilling – and the freedom to enjoy plentiful activities both inside and outside the Village.




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For pricing and more information, contact Riki Stamps in the BTV Programs & Events Department at (479) 695-8073 or rstamps@btvillage.org.

Feature Profile

Ron and Alice Talbert:

Living the Dream On an afternoon in the BTV Lodge, Alice Talbert is teaching a line dancing class, leading a group of residents through a series of heel switches and hip bumps to the sounds of two-step anthems like “Achy Breaky Heart” and “Elvira.” In jeans and a pair of Mary Janes, Alice calls out steps while her husband Ron, in khaki shorts and sneakers, alternately spins iTunes from a laptop setup, then jumps back in line to join the other dancers. BTV residents since 2017, Ron and Alice Talbert caught the line dancing bug in South Texas, where they vacation for three months out of every year. Back home at Butterfield, they pitched the idea of starting a line dancing class for BTV residents. “We thought if we learned how to line dance well enough in Texas, we could bring it back to BTV and have the best of both worlds,” Ron said with a chuckle. “We’d teach the class and still be able to keep dancing.” 6 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


Photos by Keith Branch

Active retirement looks different on everyone, and on the Talberts the look is multi-faceted. Dancers, campers, Razorback fans, travelers, exercisers, parents, mentors – they do it all. Ask them and the Talberts will say their top priority is spending time with friends and family, including three grown children, four grandchildren and four great-granddaughters – while making the most of life. This includes traveling to places like Destin, Florida, and camping on the beach, taking their RV to the Missouri State Fair every year in Sedalia, and tailgating at Arkansas Razorback games. With strong connections to the UA – Ron is a retired UA professor with a notable career in Weed Science – Ron and Alice have been season ticket holders for Hogs football, basketball and baseball for many years. They are such avid fans, in fact, that one year during football season, they, along with longtime friends Jim and Doris Barrentine, drove their motorhomes to every single out-of-town stadium in the Southeastern Conference. You could say that Ron and Alice Talbert are renaissance retirees. Life is their oyster and they are thriving in their Golden Years.

WINTER TEXANS Living at Butterfield gives residents like the Talberts added flexibility, the ability to travel more, be on the move and wake up in a new place whenever they want. When they are home, they love taking part in Village activities — tai chi, chair yoga, swimming, water aerobics, ping-pong, hiking, Margarita Monday, and now line dancing.

school junior, live a bit farther away in Prairieville, La., but the families visit often.

But, they are often on the road.

As a young person, Ron became interested in agriculture, specifically soil and crop science, growing up on his family’s farms in Toulon, Il., and near Vandalia, Mo. He earned an undergraduate degree in Soil Science at the University of Missouri, and stayed on at Columbia to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Weed Science.

Each year after the Christmas holidays, the Talberts pack up and head to Weslaco, Texas, to their parttime home in the breezy, balmy locale of the Rio Grande Valley. Part of an annual wave of retirees who spend the winter in South Texas, the Talberts own a manufactured home in a trailer home resort in Weslaco. They spend a leisurely January through March relaxing and playing in the company of longtime friends they’ve known through their 22 years of visiting. Friends Ed and Jane Piper, also BTV residents, have accompanied them several times to Texas. “The trailer resort we live in has all kinds of entertainment, card games, happy hour, line dancing, pot lucks, lots of socializing,” Ron said. “This part of Texas is only about an hour’s drive from Padre Island. It’s on the same latitude as South Florida, so you can imagine how warm and soothing it is.” Since they returned home from Texas this spring, the Talberts haven’t exactly laid low. In June, they joined a group of residents on a BTV Village Tours river boat cruise in France along the Seine River between Paris and Normandy. The group experienced a celebration of a lifetime by attending ceremonies to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the beaches of Normandy. The Talberts have also managed to squeeze in a few long weekends in their RV, while spending precious time with their children and their children’s families, many of whom live in the area. Daughter Vickie and husband David live in Vandalia, Mo. Her two grown children, son Ryan, his wife Jennifer and their three daughters, Ava, Lila and Isabelle, and daughter Brandy and boyfriend Josh, all live in Northwest Arkansas. So do son Philip, wife Lisa and their son, Christopher, his wife Gisela, and their new daughter, Annika. Daughter Cheryl, her husband Steven and their daughter, April, a high

ONE CHILD PER DEGREE The Talberts arrived in Arkansas in 1963 when Ron accepted a position at the University of Arkansas as Professor of Weed Science in the UA’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences.

Alice, who was raised in Mexico, Mo., was introduced to Ron by her cousin. Ron’s friend, Jerry Maxwell was dating Janie at the time, so the two couples double dated. Both couples later married and remain close friends and travel buddies today. Ron and Alice were married on June 19, 1955. When Ron was at Columbia, Alice worked at the University of Missouri’s Library Catalogue Department. Once their three children were born, she stayed home. Alice belonged to the agri-wives Ph.T. Club (Putting Hubby Through Club) and typed both his master’s and doctoral theses on a manual typewriter. Line dancing at BTV

“I was so pregnant for one that I could hardly sit and reach the keys of the typewriter,” Alice said with a laugh. “We like to say we had one child for each degree,” Ron added. At the UA, Ron enjoyed a 42-year career as a successful weed scientist. His research included the behavior of herbicides in the environment and practical use of herbicides to control weeds in the variety of crops grown in Arkansas, such as soybeans, cotton, corn, sorghum and vegetables and fruits. Internationally, Ron was part of a team of scientists who traveled to Egypt to conduct weed control in rice crops. And he worked in the Philippines teaching local farmers in underdeveloped areas how to apply herbicides to their mountainside corn crops. Ron also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the UA’s internationally recognized Weed BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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Science program. He and his students received many honors and awards over the years. The Ronald and Alice Talbert Endowed Weed Science Scholarship is awarded to the most outstanding graduate student in Weed Science at the UA each year. Alice has her own connection to the University of Arkansas. Once their children were in school, she accepted a position at the UA Athletic Department providing administrative support for the baseball and football teams.

“Alice and I have both learned how to be around people and listen when people seem like they need it,” Ron said. “We try to live good lives ourselves and be responsible in our space.” NEVER LOOKED BETTER It was through their church affiliation that the Talberts first learned of Butterfield. First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville was one of the five area churches that founded Butterfield Trail Village in 1986. Seeking to secure a worry-free future for themselves, with access to medical care and recreation, the Talberts set their sights on Butterfield.

To an avid Razorback fan like Alice, it was a dream job! She worked under various head football coaches, “Because of our Photo submitted including Lou Holtz, church, we knew and helped establish The Talbert family in Destin, Fla., for Ron and Alice’s 60th wedding anniversary about BTV’s the coveted Diamond development and Dolls program for the planned to move UA baseball team. The Diamond Dolls are a select here since its inception,” Ron said. “When the group of young women who help in the baseball church was involved in the feasibility study, we were program, sell media guides at home games and interested bystanders. We knew from the beginning serve as bat girls. this was where we wanted to be. We are now living the dream.” “Coach (Norm) Debriyn asked me to help with the Diamond Dolls, and it Recently, Alice and Ron’s line dancing was such a rewarding experience,” class performed for residents at the Alice remembered. “To be part of the BTV Health Care Center. Health Care program at its inception and to see residents had a great time, clapping the group just keep getting better and stomping their feet with the each year.” music. Some of the nursing staff got up and danced in the line, too. The Talberts were also active in youth center sports in Fayetteville, “I’ve never seen our dancers looking Ron with basketball, volleyball and better,” Alice said. “We encourage men’s slow pitch baseball. Alice everyone to come out. It’s good to played on a ladies softball team move and good for the mind.” coached by Bill Brunner, who was a legendary Fayetteville High School It’s no surprise that Ron still loves to coach and also a Butterfield resident. garden. He has a gardening plot at Photo submitted She is also a 26+ year member of BTV where he incorporates the “nothe Butterfield Extension Married for 64 years till” gardening method. Homemakers Club. “I’m a unique gardener in that I like to grow weeds,” To fulfill their spiritual needs, the Talberts are active he said. “It’s better ecologically not to destroy the members of First United Presbyterian Church, where organic matter with tillage. You let the vegetation they have served as elders, Sunday School teachers remain on the soil surface to decompose naturally.” and youth sponsors. He tells a funny story about when he and Alice first Ron has also served as a Stephen Minister, a moved to Butterfield. He signed up for a garden Christian layperson who becomes trained to provide plot, but the only one available was currently one-on-one care to others in crisis. A Stephen overgrown and in need of attention. Minister establishes a relationship with the person in need, visits and gets better acquainted with them “I was told, ‘It’s a weed patch’,” Ron said. “And I said, and listens. ‘Well, I’m the perfect man for that.” 8 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


Village Newcomer Q+A

Getting to Know Barbara and Doug Pritchard When did you move to Butterfield? March 6, 2019 Where are you from? Doug is a native Arkansan and Barbara is from Kansas; we have lived in Fayetteville since 1982. We were the first husband and wife who both served as presidents of the Fayetteville Rotary Club. What did you do before retirement? After completing UA master’s and specialist’s degrees in Educational Administration, Barbara was the district administrator for the Fayetteville Gifted and Talented and Advanced Placement Program. The GT program was awarded the outstanding program in the state for large districts by the Governor’s Advisory Council for Gifted Education six times. The Advanced Placement Program at FHS grew from 3 to 27 courses during her tenure. She served on multiple state, regional and national boards in both gifted education and for the College Board, where she still serves as a consultant. Doug graduated from Ouachita University and enlisted in the U.S. Army during the height of the draft. Upon completion of Artillery Officer Candidate School, he served a 21-year professional Army career. Assignments included 12 years in Airborne Units Special Forces “Green Beret,” 82nd Airborne Division & Eighteenth Airborne Corps. While in Vietnam, Doug served in 5th Special Forces Group. Assignments in Germany included battery commands in 1/80th Lance Tactical Nuclear Missile Unit. After Command & General Staff College, he was assigned to the UA as an assistant professor in the Razorback ROTC Brigade and later as the active


duty advisor to the 142nd Field Artillery in Northwest Arkansas. After military retirement, he earned an Architecture degree and began an 18-year career as a construction manager with the Walmart Reality Division from which he recently retired.

Do you have children and grandchildren? We have four sons, all Fayetteville High School graduates, and three grandchildren. Our oldest son graduated from West Point and is a labor and delivery RN in D.C. He has two daughters, Jessica and Paige, both in college. Our second son graduated from Duke University and recently retired as a colonel and Air Force pilot. He, Lori and their son, Caden, 13, live in Las Vegas. Our third son holds a Landscape Architecture degree from UA and works in Rogers. Our youngest son graduated from Hendrix College and is a major in the Army where he is a doctor of pathology at Ft. Benning. He and Sarah live in Columbus, Ga. Why did you choose Butterfield? We have long-term knowledge of BTV. Not only was our former home nearby, we were conservators for a close friend until her death. We saw firsthand the many positives of living at BTV and later the care and concern she received after moving to healthcare. With three of our four sons living out of state, we wanted to downsize and simplify as we retired. BTV filled the aspects of retirement living that we desired. We also have may friends here.


Ron & Polly Hanson 23rd Jimmy & Gaye Cypert 26th Morriss Henry & Ann Henry 1st July 28th Jerry & Kay Brewer 3rd Jim & Lois Ferguson Phi & Virginia Wilson 1st 29th Joe & Judi Schenke 7th Neil & Judy Ingels Glen & Martha Fincher 2nd Rick & Mary Meyer 8th Chuck & Donna Horne 15th Ray & Penny Culiver 12th Bob & Geri Bender 19th Jim & Margaret Hunt 13th Campbell & Susan Johnson 27th Buck & Jean Watson 17th Recent Village Move-Ins Wulfran & Ingrid Polonius 29th Ellis & Kay Melton 19th Maurice Rankin Harris & Carol Sonnenberg 19th Jane Scroggs

New Neighbors


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UA News

UAMS at BTV Clinic Expanding Primary Care Services for Residents New Format to Establish BTV as Major Teaching Site for UAMS Northwest The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Northwest is expanding its hours and services at the UAMS at BTV Clinic. Beginning July 1, the clinic, located here at the Butterfield campus, will be staffed by physicians four days a week rather than the current two days. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday’s clinics will be full days, and Fridays will be morning-only hours. The lead physician, who sees every patient, will continue to be Dr. Larry D. Wright, an internist and geriatrician, who has been in the clinic only two days a week since October 2018. Under the expanded format, Dr. Wright, who is the Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UAMS Northwest, will be joined by internal medicine resident physicians, who are in training. Wright says there will be two of the resident physicians assigned to work with him at the BTV clinic every fourWright said the week block of the year. This will be BTV clinic is part of the internal medicine residents’ poised to be a three-year, postgraduate training “major teaching that follows receipt of their medical site” for UAMS degree.


The UAMS at BTV Clinic is a primary care clinic for Village residents. While residents will ordinarily be seen by a resident physician first, they will always see Dr. Wright, as is required by Medicare. Wright was the first formally trained geriatrician in Arkansas when he opened his initial clinic practice in Rogers in 1979.



Dr. Larry Wright

In describing the progressive development of the BTV clinic, Wright said that UAMS is excited about his practice and the teaching opportunities at the Village, as this will establish BTV as a major teaching site for UAMS Northwest. Wright said that from his experience in the first months of practice here, the BTV clinic, the Health Care Center and the entire Village campus represent the most outstanding teaching setting for medicine with older adult patients he has seen. Wright said he’s excited to have physicians-intraining and students be exposed to such a positive residential and teaching environment. In addition, Dr. Wright and the internal medicine residents will host public forums at BTV on the second and fourth Wednesday of each fourweek teaching block. The sessions will provide an educational service to BTV residents as well as professional growth experience for the physicians in training. Of the first two sessions, one will follow a “Talk with the Doc” format, while the other will focus on a specific health topic.

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Living Spaces

The loaded, efficient kitchen is where Alice cooks holiday meals for their large extended family.

A Touch of Time The Apartment of the Talberts In Ron and Alice Talbert’s uber-comfy two bedroom/two bath deluxe apartment, there is a story behind practically everything. From family heirlooms to keepsakes they picked up while traveling, the home is a threedimensional scrapbook that reminds this down-to-earth couple of places they’ve been and people they love.

Photos by Keith Branch

Custom shelving over and along glass doors in the living room allows the couple to show off meaningful collectibles without creating clutter. Sports memorabilia includes a baseball signed by Arkansas Razorback players. 12 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


A wooden ladder from their first home is perfect for displaying heirloom quilts and afghans.

The second bedroom functions as both a guest room and home office.

A tapestry Ron acquired while conducting research in Egypt makes an eye-catching accent in the guest room.

The master bedroom features antique furnishings cared for and handed down by past generations.

An amethyst geode from Brazil invites one to look closely.


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Village Snapshots

Village Tours Trip to France

BTV Pen Pal Luncheon



Craft Show

Foundation Dinner & Dance


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Out & About

Fiori Boat

A Summer of Color at Crystal Bridges Museum Experience art, nature and color like never before this summer at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. With new major art exhibitions indoors and out, and colorful sculpture by master glass artist Dale Chihuly along the museum’s nature trails, inspiration awaits this season. Two major exhibitions are on display this summer, both of which offer fresh perspectives of the world around us. Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment illuminates the connection between art and nature, similar to the mission of Crystal Bridges. Located indoors in the museum’s galleries, Nature’s Nation features 100 works from renowned artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Charlies Willson Peale, Frank Lloyd Wright, Georgia O’Keeffe and Dorothea Lange, and traces 300 years of evolving ideas about the natural world and our place within it. Take a whimsical stroll along the museum’s shaded nature trails through Color Field, the new outdoor exhibition featuring large colorful sculptures against the backdrop of the Ozark forest. Learn about color theory, interact with sculptures, see exciting work from today’s contemporary artists, and discover the impact color has on our lives.

Don’t miss your chance to see both exhibitions for the price of one combo ticket. Admission for museum members, military veterans, and youth 18 and under is free. Returning Chihuly Sculpture The blockbuster exhibition from summer 2017, Chihuly: In the Gallery + In the Forest, was so wildly popular that Crystal Bridges has acquired five of Chihuly’s works — including the bright multi-colored Fiori Boat — to reside permanently at the museum. Revisit a Chihuly favorite or discover these works anew. Forest Concert Series Each Saturday night in July, the forest will be humming with the sounds of the 2019 Forest Concert Series! Local and national talent fill the lineup, so bring the family for a night of music and fun. While on your visit to Crystal Bridges, don’t forget to commemorate your trip with something from the museum store, or sit down to enjoy a delicious meal at the museum restaurant, Eleven. For more information, visit crystalbridges.org.



British Rock, Soul and Jukebox Favorites Coming to WAC and AMP

Arts & Entertainment

Highlighted Happenings in NWA

The Walton Arts Center will kick off its new 2019-20 Broadway Season this fall with a Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical, while British rock and ‘80s soul are taking the stage now at the Walmart AMP in Rogers – Arkansas’ largest outdoor music venue. British Rock Invasion Coming to the AMP on July 21 is a celebration of British rock you won’t want to miss! The Royal Affair Tour features classic rock band, Yes, joined by the UK’s ASIA (“Heat of the Moment” and “Only Time Will Tell”), John Lodge of The Moody Blues and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy and others. Far and away the longestlasting and most successful of the ‘70s progressive rock groups, Yes will put on a show to remember. The performance will include a musical tribute to the late John Lennon.

John Lodge

If soulful sounds of yesterday are what you like, then Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly is the ticket. Taking the AMP stage on Sept. 8, this concert features an evening of honest, raw soul music. There are no stage tricks or gimmicks in this show – just Beverly with his smooth vocals with the tight sounds of the Maze band. Hits include “Happy Maze Feelings,” “While I’m Alone,” “Joy and Pain” and “Can’t Get Over You.” Johnny Gill joins Maze, adding his signature R&B sound to the mix, and bringing the classics such as “My, My, My,” “Boys To Men” and the timeless wedding song, “You For Me.” New Broadway Season at WAC Walton Arts Center’s 2019-20 Broadway Series will be the biggest yet with seven blockbuster shows, six of which come straight from New York City to Northwest Arkansas!

A Christmas Story: The Musical December 10-15

Fiddler on the Roof April 14-19

Once on this Island February 11-16

The Band’s Visit May 19-23

Opera in the Ozarks > Broadway Cabaret at Fayetteville Town Center July 10 > Chamber Music Concert at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, Bella Vista July 14 For more info, visit opera.org TheatreSquared > Shakespeare in Love Begins August 14 For more info, visit theatre2.org Arkansas Public Theatre > Annie July 26-28, August 1-4, 8-11 For more info, visit arkansaspublictheatre.org Arts Center of the Ozarks > Mamma Mia! July 12-28 For more info, visit acozarks.org

121st Annual Tontitown Grape Festival > Spaghetti Dinners, Arts & Crafts Fair, Entertainment, Grape Stomp August 6-10 For more info, visit tontitowngrapefestival.com

Upcoming Broadway shows at Walton Arts Center also include: Anastasia March 10-15

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas > Fireworks Spectacular: An American Salute at Walmart AMP July 4 For more info, visit sonamusic.org

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks > Terrific Tuesday Nights & Summer Concerts July 2, 16, 23, August 6, 13, 20, 27 For more info, visit bgozarks.org

Kicking off the series on Oct. 22-27 is Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritaville – a musical comedy about a Caribbean island where people come to get away from it all – and stay to find something they never expected. Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flipflops off!”

The Play that Goes Wrong November 12-17

Walton Arts Center

Get a Broadway subscription for the best seats at the best prices. Single tickets go on sale in August. For more info, visit waltonartscenter.org.

NOTE: This listing is for informational purposes only; please refer to the monthly calendar or the Village bulletin board for confirmed transport-provided event listings.


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Library News

Summer Reading at the BTV Library Under the shade of the right tree or on your sofa in the air-conditioning, reading is a great way to relax this season. With everything from thrilling mysteries, modernday suspense and spellbinding nonfiction, to familyfriendly humor and the long-awaited biography of a former first lady – the BTV Library has what you need to make a great summer even better! The New Girl by Daniel Silva is the daughter of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. She’s kidnapped by enemies of her father from a boarding school in Switzerland. He decides that his best option to get her back safely is not from members of the politically infighting royal family or Saudi secret police, but rather through the most famous agent from the Israeli intelligence service. In Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly the team of a retired and an active duty detective solve the murder of a young woman found dead in a dumpster. Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff is a comprehensive account, based on first hand interviews, of how it all went down, and how we all picked ourselves up and got moving again. BTV has many retired teachers who might say that on a very bad day dealing with the kids in class is torture. In mystery thriller writer James Patterson’s The 18th Abduction, three San Francisco teachers really are, in fact, tortured. Humorist Bill Geist writes about his teen years working at one of Missouri’s favorite family resorts in Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America. In Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber, a young female chef who is waiting to start a job at a posh Seattle restaurant instead finds herself trapped by an unexpected late-summer blizzard in an isolated Alaska town where she falls in a love with its swordsmith. The Matriarch by Susan Page is the long-awaited authorized biography of Barbara Bush, the wife of one U.S. President, and the mother of another. A likely national prizewinner! The British are Coming by Rick Atkinson is a lively recreation of the first 22 months of the Revolutionary War, told with a good deal of balanced sympathy for both Patriot and Tory/Redcoat heroes. The Pioneers by David McCullough profiles five great leaders in the early settling of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin before the Civil War.

Featured Events

Emma Avenue in downtown Springdale, circa 1958

Featured Village Events COMING IN JULY July 18 | 4pm INTERNATIONAL WINE AND CHEESE TASTING Renowned winemaker Robert Mondovi said, “All glorious things in moderation, with a few glorious exceptions,” and BTV will follow this mantra with the International Wine and Cheese Tasting. Hosted by Memo Vaca, Village chef and dining director, and Jessica Keahey, certified cheese professional at Sweet Freedom Cheese, this sit-down educational event will explore pairings of choice wine selection and artisan cheese. Discover the joys of this delicious culinary kinship! July 25 | 7pm SHILOH MUSEUM OF OZARK HISTORY: A LOCAL TREASURE Susan Young, outreach coordinator at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, will present “The Main Street of Northwest Arkansas,” a history


Play Readers Theatre

August 15 | 2 & 7pm PLAY READERS THEATRE: COLLIDESCOPE Since 1989, Village residents have directed, staged and performed their own productions as part of the BTV Play Readers Theatre. Tonight’s hilarious performance of Collidescope confirms that life at Butterfield can be, well, colorful at times. But there’s nothing more colorful than when best laid plans for keeping a secret come crashing together with the wrong people, at the wrong place — all at the wrong time!

of the city from its founding in the 1830s as the community of Shiloh, to its present-day status as a mega hub for the agriculture industry and key component of Northwest Arkansas’ thriving economy. July 30 | 9am HISTORIC SHILOH MEETING HALL TOUR Allyn Lord, director of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, invites you to a tour of Springdale’s iconic Shiloh Meeting Hall. Built in 1871 by area Baptist and Methodist church congregations and the Springdale Masonic Lodge, the building was the Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church until the 1930s. Later, it was operated as the local Odd Fellows Lodge. Lunch at Wagon Wheel Café will follow the tour.

August 31 | 5:30pm Dinner; 7pm Performance TABLESIDE THEATRE PRESENTS: TROUBLE AT THE TROPICABANA Take a walk down memory lane with Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel as Tableside Theatre and Butterfield Trail Village present Trouble at the Tropicabana at the BTV Performance Hall. Join us for Latin music and dancing at Ricky’s Club as he prepares to sign a contract with movie mogul heiress Celia B. DeMilo. Is Celia who she claims to be? Will Lucy and Ethel ruin Ricky’s big chance at stardom with another of their harebrained schemes to get into show business? What’s the notorious gangster Mr. Big doing at Ricky’s club? A club patron turns up dead and someone has some ‘splaining to do! Dress is casual, but if you would like to confuse the bad guys, come dressed up Tableside Theatre gangster-style! BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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Employee Spotlight

Meet Your BTV Staff NAME: Tavon Daniels POSITION: Dining Room Manager HOW LONG AT BTV: Over six years DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO: I manage the dining room and dining staff. I make sure things go smoothly and am in charge of labels, dining room events –anything dining, that’s me. WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? Meeting new people, both residents and staff. Teaching positivity to the staff and doing my best to make the residents’ food experience the best it can be. Hearing good feedback about staff or how things are going in the dining room is the best thing. WHAT DO YOU TAKE PRIDE IN AT WORK? I take pride in positivity. My own positivity and having

Beautification Fund • Harris & Carol Sonnenberg Foundation • Earlene Henry News Donations • Sara Koenig The Butterfield • Ardith Wharry • Tom & Jill King Trail Foundation • Sally & John King is grateful for the • Mike Jones gifts received • Roy & Annette Penney • Kim Chapman between March 20, 2019, and May • Marie Breuer • Betty Minter 19, 2019, from the • Sally Stone following donors: • Arline Daut • Polly Lancaster Employee Care Fund • Stephanie Chaney in memory of Evelyn MacDonald • Janet Lemoine in memory of Evelyn McDonald • Paula Nail in memory of Evelyn McDonald • Jimmy & Gaye Cypert in memory of Evelyn McDonald • Michele Utterson in memory of Emogene McKee and Deane Meek Garden Fund • Anonymous in memory of Lorene Lejeune Health Care Center Fund • Anonymous in memory of Lorene Lejeune and Emogene McKee • Alan Metz in honor of Lenora Metz’s birthday Honors/Memorials • Collier Drug Store in memory of Lorene Lejeune



others staying positive is a HUGE thing in dining, or any business really. I always try and stay positive in any situation, and positivity rubs off on other people. PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: BTV is my first real job. I worked at Papa Murphy’s for a summer job before Butterfield. Other than that, Butterfield is my first. HOMETOWN/BACKGROUND: Tavon Daniels I was born in Fayetteville. I’ve been here most of my life. I lived in Kansas City, Mo., when I was younger, from kindergarten until about the third grade. After that, I’ve been in Fayetteville. FAMILY: Most all of my family lives in Arkansas. My wife Jessica also works here at BTV.

Tom & Linda Townsend in memory of Lorene Lejeune • Jim & Ann Newman in memory of Lorene Lejeune and Wesley Smith • Shirley Chewning in memory of Lorene Lejeune, Evelyn McDonald and Erlene Swepston • Michelle Utterson in memory of Lyle Shelor and Wesley Smith • Zeta Gamma – Kappa Delta in memory of Evelyn McDonald • Wade Burnside & Janet Baker in memory of Lorene Lejeune • Bill & Vickie Mathews in memory of Evelyn McDonald • Susan Johnson in memory of Anne Vandergriff • Richard & Julie Roblee in memory of Evelyn McDonald Library Fund • Kurt & Gene Tweraser in honor of Lloyd & Dorothy Seaton’s 70th Anniversary Moving Made Easy • Genie Donovan • Kelly Beam • Martha Brewer Music & Performance Fund • Georgia Thompson Scholarship Fund • Jerry & Kay Brewer in memory of Hugh Brewer and Anne Vandergriff • Michele Utterson in memory of Gene McKee Sensory Garden • Kurt & Gene Tweraser in honor of Ardith Wharry

Board Spotlight

Meet Your Foundation Board Q&A with BTV Foundation Board Member Julie Olsen Q: Where did you grow up, and how long have you and your family been in Northwest Arkansas? A: I was born and raised near Hastings, Neb., and attended college there. My husband Derrik and I are native Nebraskans but have lived in South Carolina, Texas, Iowa and Tennessee before moving to Northwest Arkansas in 2006 with our two sons. Q: Tell us about your profession. A: I spent the early part of my career in marketing and human resources, but transitioned to a career in non-profit fund development after finishing my master’s degree in the mid-‘90’s. I currently serve as director of development at the University of Arkansas and am responsible for raising private gift support for graduate and international students/programs and research initiatives across campus. Q: What is your academic background? A: I have two bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Voice Performance from Hastings College (Neb.) and a master’s degree in Voice Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. Q: Tell us about your family. A: I have been married to my wonderful husband Derrik for 29 years. We have two sons: Ben (22), who is a senior at the University of Arkansas and Ethan (19) who will start his college studies at NWACC this fall. Q: How/when were you elected to the Foundation Board, and how do you see yourself best contributing? A: I was elected to the BTV Foundation board in January 2018 and am in my second year of a three-year term. I hope my professional experience as a major gift officer will be of tremendous benefit to the board and BTV as we work to expand our philanthropic footprint for the betterment of our residents and this incredible community. Q: What sets Butterfield apart, in your opinion? A: Butterfield is a true gem in the Northwest Arkansas community! The residential, social and health care services we provide on our

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campus are unparalleled in our region. I am also blessed to know many residents who also attend the same church as my family (First United Presbyterian) and who are involved throughout the community in the arts and various nonprofits. I consider it a great privilege and honor to serve on this board to ensure its future growth and success for our current residents and the generations who will benefit from this community in the decades to come. Q: What would you like to tell current and/or future residents about Butterfield? A: Butterfield is a wonderful family of residents who care for one another, and it provides countless opportunities for residents to develop new friendships and participate in activities both on our beautiful campus and throughout the community. And, our leadership and staff are second to none! They are always quick to give you a warm greeting, ensure our residents have the highest quality of care to fit their needs, and truly conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism and heart. Q: What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes? A: I enjoy reading mysteries and history-based novels, traveling (for pleasure, outside of work), attending concerts (classical, jazz, opera and musicals), and spending time with my family. BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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New Tai Chi Techniques Provide Practical Benefits for BTV Residents By Jennifer Neill, Director of Fitness and Wellness Can you guess what our most popular and perhaps most powerful fitness class at Butterfield is? It’s tai chi. This graceful form of exercise for the body and the mind is positively impacting BTV residents every day. Here at the Fitness and Wellness Department we are building on our tai chi expertise so we can pass along the benefits to you the resident.

Because it uses slow, deliberate and low-impact movements, tai chi is an ideal workout for older adults and those with limited mobility. In addition to improving one’s balance, research shows that tai chi can help with managing pain and controlling chronic conditions like arthritis. Some interesting findings include:

I recently returned from a tai chi training program at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Mass. The course, Evidence-Based Tai Chi and Qigong to Cultivate Self-Care and Healthy Sleep, teaches stationary and moving tai chi techniques that can help improve sleep, reduce anxiety, enhance cognition and promote balance. I’m starting to incorporate some of these techniques into BTV’s tai chi classes. For instance, I recently showed residents who have difficultly standing for a period of time, perhaps waiting in line, a simple tai chi stance to help them stay balanced and feel calm and supported while standing tall.

A 2013 analysis by PubMed.gov found that tai chi was beneficial to older adults who were suffering from osteoarthritis in their knees.

A 2014 analysis by PubMed.gov showed tai chi significantly improved the cognitive function of older adults with no existing cognitive impairments, and significantly helped those with impairments.

Older adults in a study who practiced tai chi had a 20 percent lower risk of falling, and a 31 percent decrease in the number of falls, according to a 2017 report in Reuters.

What is Tai Chi? Tai chi is an exercise discipline based on relaxation and coordination. It’s derived from the ancient Chinese martial art of qigong, which involves controlled breathing, body posture and movement to create a calm balance. Tai chi can best be described as meditation in motion, helping to clear the mind and reduce stress. 22 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


The more I learn about the tai chi — and the more I see how it positively impacts our residents — the more I am convinced of its powers. To find out more about tai chi classes, feel free to contact me in the Fitness and Wellness Department at jneill@ btvillage.org or (479) 695-8036, or stop by and visit in person.


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